Reuben Fischer-Baum of Deadspin put together an Animated Infographic: Watch As America’s Stadiums Pile Up On The Backs Of Taxpayers Through The Years.
When Jeffrey Loria decided to once again blow up his Marlins, it sparked a brief outrage over the $500 million in public money that had been spent on the team’s brand new stadium. These outrages happen every couple years or so and are forgotten in time for the next bond issue. Public financing of stadiums for private teams is common enough now that it’s largely taken for granted, even though these deals rarely produce anything of real value for the municipalities that fund them. How did we reach this point? Has it always been like this? And just how much have we paid for our sports infrastructure?
Check out the full article here: Reuben Fischer-Baum, Deadspin